What are the chances? Your children dying because a plane crashes into your house? Today, a small plane that took off from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey crashed into a residential neighborhood in Connecticut and two children on the ground and the pilot of the plane were all missing and presumed dead.
The plane, a multiengine turbo prop aircraft, crashed just north of Tweed New Haven Airport at 11:25 a.m., and caused devastating damage to two homes on Charter Oak Avenue in East Haven. The East Haven fire chief, said that a mother was with her two children — a 1-year-old and a 13-year-old — in one of the homes at the time of the crash.
Two bodies had been recovered but that there might still be more victims. The plane’s wings struck two houses but that the fuselage landed squarely on one home. While investigators were trying to determine the cause of the crash, apparently the pilot had aborted his first landing attempt and was circling back for a second try.
The flight from Teterboro to Tweed normally takes less than 30 minutes, and it did not appear to deviate from its planned flight path as it approached the airport. While it was a rainy and windy morning, the airport was operating normally and the authorities said there were no indications that the pilot issued a distress call before the crash.
Only the tail of the multiengine turbo prop aircraft, which can be configured to have between 7 and 11 passenger seats, was recognizable.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were on their way to the crash site and will take over the investigation. The authorities said that it was too soon to discuss what might have caused the crash.
By the way, this is a great narrative for an exercise if you have a facility near any size airport.